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2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. Affiliated Group Sessions AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ITALIAN STUDIES (AAIS), SESSION I Cinematic Auto/Biographies: Images of Italy in Contemporary Italian Cinema Scholars of Italian cinema support the idea that many contemporary Italian directors use cinema as a means for rebuilding the nation's political, social, and historical identity. In particular, films such as Bellocchio's Buongiorno Notte, Giordana's La Meglio Gioventù, and Bertolucci's The Dreamers, if considered together, offer a new perspective on the Italian cultural and historical context of the 1970s, generating a "reconstruction of an Italian political autobiography" (Ida Dominijanni, Lost in Transition). This panel seeks to explore how recent films conceive Italy and Italian society in the attempt to compile a new national auto/biography, taking into account its many societal and cultural nuances. Papers might reflect on, but are not limited to, films concerned with the reinterpretation of historical periods, social issues, cultural trends, and major historical figures. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of 250 to 300 words, which are welcomed both in Italian and in English, to Fabiana Cecchini, Texas A&M University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ITALIAN STUDIES (AAIS), SESSION II Framing Blackness in Italian Cinema This session accepts papers dealing with representations of black/dark-skinned characters in contemporary Italian cinema preferably from 1980. Papers discussing films not authored by Italian filmmakers will be considered, but storylines should be at least partially set in Italy or address Italian cultural life. By May 1, 2010, please send a one-page abstract to Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto, Auburn University, at email@example.com. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF FRENCH (AATF) Visual and Written Text, in Concert This session welcomes submissions investigating the specific modalities through which texts and images combine and refer to one another in the creation of meaning, and how the use of the interplay between written and visual text in the French-language curriculum may enable both teachers and learners to communicate ideas more effectively and be more aware of what is being learned and understood. By May 15, 2010, please submit abstracts either by e-mail, preferably, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Lilia Coropceanu, Emory University, Emory University, Department of French and Italian, 537 S. Kilgo Circle, 405N Callaway, Atlanta, GA 30322 or,. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF GERMAN (AATG) Chair: Carrie Collenberg, California State University Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE (AATSP) The Interplay of Text and Image and Its Role in the Classroom We welcome papers dealing with the use of images in the classroom at all levels, from a beginners language class to a literature class. Is the use of images in the classroom beneficial? Is it detrimental? What are we trying to teach when we use images? How is this practice changing the profession? These are only a few of the questions we would like to try to answer. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions, by e-mail only, to Ruth Sánchez Imizcoz, The University of the South, at email@example.com. AMERICAN HUMOR STUDIES ASSOCIATION (AHSA) Funny Girls: Humor and American Women Writers In 1852, Fanny Fern, the newspaper columnist famous for her biting satires, responded to a letter from a fan who suggested that only a happy woman could write such funny prose: “You labor under the hallucination 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. that I felt merry when I wrote all that nonsense! Not a bit of it; it’s a way I have when I can’t find a razor handy to cut my throat!” In that vein, we invite proposals that consider how American women writers (from any time period) follow Fern’s model, using humor in their writing to ameliorate anger, sadness, frustration, or feelings of oppression and/or marginalization. Although examinations of all genres are welcome, in keeping with SAMLA’s theme this year, proposals that discuss the interplay of text and image are especially welcome. By April 1, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts to Heidi Hanrahan, Shepherd University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF LITERATURE & ENVIRONMENT (ASLE) Ecocriticism and the Virtues of Limits In his recent Harper’s essay, “Faustian Economics: Hell Hath no Limits” (2009), Wendell Berry argues that in order to recover from our disease of limitlessness, we will have to give up the idea that we have a right to be godlike animals, that we are potentially omniscient and omnipotent, ready to discover “the secret of the universe.” We will have to start over, with a different and much older premise: the naturalness and, for creatures of limited intelligence, the necessity of limits. We must learn again to ask how we can make the most of what we are, what we have, what we have been given. Berry is not the only recent voice to question our fantasies of limitlessness. Another is Berry’s long-time collaborator Wes Jackson, co-editor (with Bill Vitek) of the recent (2009) anthology The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge. This book makes a compelling case for an ignorance-based approach to the world. None of the contributors – one of whom is Berry – is critical of knowledge per se, but each shows that our knowledge is dwarfed by our ignorance, and that a proper humility is called for. They also demonstrate that, paradoxically, a willingness to admit our ignorance often leads to the greatest advances in knowledge. This panel will explore the virtues of limits, not only in terms of knowledge, but also regarding space, time, and other fundamentals. What sort of limits obtain in literary texts – epistemological, geographical, religious, or social? What are the virtues of limits? How might an acceptance of limits lead to greater insight? Possible topics: scientific hubris and alternatives, such as Goethe’s call for a “delicate empiricism”; narratives of sustainability; environmental justice; limit as a theme in poetry or fiction; limits and literary form; and technologies and fantasies of limitlessness. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of 250 to 300 words to Timothy J. Burbery, Marshall University, at Burbery@marshall.edu. CERVANTES SOCIETY Text and Image in the Works of Cervantes We particularly seek papers that engage, in some way, with the theme of this year’s convention as it relates to the works of Miguel de Cervantes. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the interplay among words and images in the works themselves, film adaptations, artistic appropriations, and adaptations of Cervantine characters or themes, and Cervantes’s use of political and religious imagery. Presentations may focus on one or several works. By May 1, 2010, please submit a 250-word abstract to Michael Joy, Northern Michigan University, at email@example.com. CHARLES W. CHESNUTT ASSOCIATION (CWCA) Charles Chesnutt: The Past and Future The Charles W. Chesnutt Association invites proposals for papers on the topic, “Charles Chesnutt: The Past and Future.” In 2006, Henry Wonham published an article in American Literary History entitled “What is a Black Author?: A Review of Recent Charles Chesnutt Studies.” In this essay, Wonham suggests that with the explosion of recent scholarship on Chesnutt and the release of so much previously unpublished literature by Chesnutt, “the time has come to pause and reflect on exactly who and what Charles W. Chesnutt has become.” This panel seeks to do precisely this. While we will consider papers on any aspect of Chesnutt’s work, we are especially interested in papers that engage the following questions: What is Chesnutt’s current status in academic studies? What does this status suggest about the future of Chesnutt 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. criticism? What have been some of the critical trends in Chesnutt scholarship? What do these trends suggest about Chesnutt’s work or our current scholarly sensibilities? What are some new directions in Chesnutt scholarship that offer exciting possibilities for future work? While these questions are speculative and general, we are especially interested in papers that explore these issues with attention to some of Chesnutt’s specific texts. By May 10, 2010, please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Bill Hardwig, University of Tennessee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION (CEA) Land, Class and Money: Economics and Opportunity in Southern Literature This session welcomes proposals that focus on how land ownership and acquisition of land play a role in southern fiction. By May 1, 2010, please submit 500-word abstracts to Steve Brahlek, Palm Beach Community College, at email@example.com. CONSORTIUM FOR GERMAN IN THE SOUTHEAST BUSINESS MEETING Chair: Hal Rennert, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida Because this session is a meeting, submissions are not required. COUNCIL OF EDITORS OF LEARNED JOURNALS (CELJ), SESSION I In this roundtable, panelists will discuss current trends and issues in academic publishing, including, but not limited to, the merits or limitations of online publishing, staffing, funding, academic workloads for editors, and acceptance rates. By May 15, 2010, please send a one- to two-page abstract for a planned five- to ten-minute presentation on one of the topics listed above or on a related topic to Amy Berke, Macon State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lara Smith-Sitton, Georgia State University, at email@example.com. Preference will be given to those in the academic publishing profession. COUNCIL OF EDITORS OF LEARNED JOURNALS (CELJ), SESSION II In this roundtable, panelists will offer professional advice for graduate students entering the academic publishing arena by discussing trends and issues relating to standards for publication, preparation of manuscripts for publication, writing effective cover letters or letters of inquiry, preparing for the peer review process, and understanding the reader's report. By May 15, 2010, please send a one- to two-page abstract for a planned five- to ten-minute presentation on one of the topics listed above or on a related topic to Amy Berke, Macon State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lara Smith-Sitton, Georgia State University, at email@example.com. Preference will be given to those in the academic publishing profession. ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS SOCIETY, SESSION I Elizabeth Madox Roberts: Discovery and Recovery Papers for this session may deal with all aspects of Roberts’s work and life. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Roberts in the context of Southern literature; Roberts and other writers (i.e., Roberts and Faulkner, Roberts and Yeats, Roberts and James Still, Roberts and Wendell Berry, Roberts and John Burroughs); Roberts and Southern Agrarianism; Roberts’s literary and stylistic influences (i.e., Synge, Hardy, Joyce, Homer, Hopkins, Beethoven); Roberts and nature writing; Roberts and Modernism; Roberts and the novel; Roberts as poet; Roberts as writer of short fiction; Roberts and Regionalism; Roberts and the politics of literary reputation; Roberts and feminism; and, Roberts and Kentucky. Papers should run between 15 and 20 minutes long. By May 15, 2010, please submit a title and a 250-word abstract to Cristin Rogowski, Wagner College, at Cristin.Rogowski@wagner.edu. ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS SOCIETY, SESSION II Elizabeth Madox Roberts & the Southern Renascence The Elizabeth Madox Roberts Society invites papers dealing with Roberts in conversation with writers associated with the Southern Renascence—Robert Penn Warren, William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Donald 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. Davidson—and themes common to this broadly formulated “group” of writers. While any and all pertinent abstracts are welcome of special interest are papers which examine the ways in which Roberts’ texts are taken up by other writers (for instance, The Time of Man’s influence on Faulkner’s Light in August, or on Warren’s Band of Angels), as well as papers which examine themes (such as agrarianism or the making of Southern history) common to Roberts’ and other authors’ works. By May 1, 2010, please submit proposals for papers of no longer than 15 to 20 minutes to Alex Shakespeare, Boston College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. EMILY DICKINSON INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY (EDIS) Emily Dickinson and Image This session will address the perception and construction of image (by Dickinson and/or us) in her work, with wide latitude for essays about Dickinson’s textual, bibliographic, manuscript, comic, collage, herbarium, metaphoric, written, holographic, or printed image(s). By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts to Beth Staley, West Virginia University, at email@example.com. EUDORA WELTY SOCIETY Losing Battles & Welty’s Complex Interplay of the Visual and Verbal From signs to photographs to letters to oral history, Eudora Welty employs layers of visual and verbal texts in her 1970 novel Losing Battles. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of this novel, this session seeks papers that examine the interplay of text and image in, arguably, Welty's most complex novel. By May 21, 2010, please send 500-word abstracts to Rebecca Harrison, University of West Georgia, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feministas Unidas The special focus of SAMLA 2010, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” invites us to examine the synergistic relationships between verbal texts and visual images. It asks us to consider the ways in which text and image converge, diverge, build upon one another, contradict one another, or otherwise interact when read together. Feministas Unidas invites papers that explore such interplay of text and image in the representation of women (real or imagined) and of women’s experiences. Proposals should address these questions in the context of the Spanish-speaking and Luso-Brazilian world and must represent work not previously published or presented. We invite presentations that depart from the traditional format of direct reading. Please limit presentations to a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes in order to provide ample time for discussion. Participants in this panel must be members of both SAMLA and of Feministas Unidas at the time of the convention and must register for the convention. At the conclusion of this session, we will briefly conduct SAMLA/Feministas Unidas business, such as the election of officers and the proposal of future topics. Information about Feministas Unidas, including membership information, is available at http://fu.echapters.com/. By May 15, 2010, please submit proposals of approximately 300 to 500 words to Heather Hennes, Saint Joseph’s University, at email@example.com. FLANNERY O'CONNOR SOCIETY Flannery O'Connor in Film This session welcomes papers that explore the SAMLA 2010 special focus, "The Interplay of Text and Image," in O'Connor and film. While papers dealing with film adaptations of O'Connor's works will be considered, the session's specific goal is to expand our understanding of how filmmakers have incorporated and/or have contrasted O'Connor's themes, character types, etc. in their own works. Preference will be given to papers that seek creative connections between O'Connor's works and films that are not obvious adaptations of O'Connor's fiction. By March 26, 2010, please submit abstracts of 500 words to Amy K. King, University of Mississippi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. GEORGIA AND CAROLINAS COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION (GCCEA) Beauty and Truth in Literature and Life 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” – John Keats In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Keats declares that beauty and truth are as one. But are they? T. S. Eliot called Keats’s pronouncement “meaningless” and “a serious blemish on a beautiful poem.” Scientists and mathematicians debate beauty in terms of symmetry. Aestheticians ponder what is beautiful and try to determine whether it is true. Ethicists and theologians explore the moral nexus between beauty and truth. For its 2010 GACCEA at SAMLA session, the GACCEA seeks proposals that discuss beauty and/or truth. Potential topics include: beauty and/or truth in poetry, fiction, and drama; beauty and/or truth in composition and rhetoric; pedagogies that seek beauty and/or truth; ethics and the pursuit of beauty and/or truth; beauty and truth in cinema (American Beauty, A Beautiful Mind, The Truth about Cats and Dogs, etc.); beauty and/or truth in popular culture (pop music, advertising, mass media); and, other academic topics that discuss truth and/or beauty. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Lee Brewer Jones, Georgia Perimeter College Online, at email@example.com. HAWTHORNE SOCIETY The Marble Faun at 150 This panel seeks sesquicentennial reflections on any aspect of The Marble Faun. Papers which address the overall conference theme of “The Interplay of Text and Image” will be especially welcome. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words to Sandy Hughes, Western Kentucky University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. HEMINGWAY SOCIETY Ernest Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy: Echoes and Influence We are seeking submissions that reflect the session/topic description: comparative studies of style, theme, technique, and so on, in the fiction of Ernest Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy. By April 1, 2010, please send abstracts or proposals of 100 to 200 words either by e-mail at email@example.com or via post to Dr. Larry Grimes, Bethany College, P. O. Box C, Bethany, WV 26032. INTERNATIONAL COURTLY LITERATURE SOCIETY Text and Image in the Courtly Tradition The International Courtly Literature Society invites submissions on the topic “Text and Image in the Courtly Tradition.” Papers might consider manuscript illuminations, marginalia, ekphrasis, visual rhetorics, or intersections and disjunctions between text and image. Submissions unrelated to the proposed topic are also welcome. By April 30, 2010, please send abstracts of 250 words or less to Brooke Heidenreich Findley, Penn State Altoona, at firstname.lastname@example.org. INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TRAVEL WRITING Documenting Southern Travel Writing: Interplays of Text and Image The International Society for Travel Writing seeks 20-minute papers for a session entitled “Documenting Southern Travel Writing: Interplays of Text and Image.” Papers may address any topic suggested by the terms of the session title. Preference will be given to papers that examine the relationship between texts about travel in the American South or travel texts written by American Southern authors and images from visual media, including, but not limited to, film, painting or drawing, advertising, and Internet web pages or mashups. By May 15, 2010, please submit paper proposals of no more than two pages to Russ Pottle, Regis College, at email@example.com. Notification will be made by May 22, 2010. JAMES DICKEY SOCIETY James Dickey and Learning from Others This approved session is sponsored by the James Dickey Society. In “James Dickey: Learning from Others,” Mark Edmundson focuses on Dickey’s capacity to learn vital information from others, to answer Walt Whitman’s democratic call to “stave off the need for glowing monarchs of all descriptions, to learn from others, not the Other,” a term that Edmundson defines as 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. “Dickey’s image of a heroic ideal-I, his self-made superego.” Much of the scholarship on Dickey’s fiction and poetry concentrates on how his works seem to shirk connections with others in an effort to attain some form of transcendent connection with the Other. Yet a number of his more empathetic texts (fiction, poetry, letters) focus on the comforts, complexities, concerns, and contradictions of engaging with others. This panel will consider how Dickey’s life and creative output speak to other-directed models of interaction and reciprocity, of learning from others. Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, a consideration of the following: How do fathering, family, and/or friendship serve as deeply imprinted means of learning from others in Dickey’s life and work? How does his poetry engage the Orphic task of drawing the other out of the darkness, per Susan Stewart’s understanding of poetic intersubjectivity? What relation do his poems establish between poet and reader? How does the nonhuman environment constitute another source of learning from others? What forms of nature and the ecology course through Dickey’s texts, and to what ends? How might animals count as others in his work? How does violence impact the capacity to learn from others? Can violence ever be a point of connection as well as conflict? How do gender dynamics (codes of masculinity and/or femininity) or sexuality in Dickey’s work affect the potential to connect with others? What about issues of class or ethnicity and race? All panel participants must be members of SAMLA no later than August 15, 2010. By May 1, 2010, please submit (as an attachment and copied into the text of your message) an abstract of 250 to 500 words along with any requests for audio-visual support, to Daniel Cross Turner, Siena College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. MARK TWAIN CIRCLE "Of its own accord and uninvited": Mark Twain’s Influence on 20th- and 21st- Century Literature and Culture Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever. By forever, I mean thirty years. . . . I have always preached. That is the reason I have lasted thirty years. —Mark Twain in Eruption, 202 2010 marks the centennial of Mark Twain’s death, and his continued force in academia and in the wider community reveals the modesty of his own estimates. His books continue to sell well, and two of his novels remain on the American Library Association’s list of the “100 Most Frequently Banned Books.” Twain’s “preaching” cut to the heart of deep contradictions in American culture, and a century after his death, he continues to inspire us to participate actively in difficult conversations. Like the humor he claimed came “of its own accord and uninvited,” Twain remains vibrantly a part of who we are as a nation. This panel seeks to use the opportunity of the centennial to examine aspects of Twain’s writing and thought that reach forward into our own time. The scope of this panel is fairly broad, and welcomes papers that examine Twain’s own writings and their relevance to us today. Equally, I am interested in papers that examine later writers or performers who felt his influence: modern “preachers” who are compelled to re- examine some of the questions he raised, the characters he created, the laughter he provoked, the controversies he aroused, or the scathing critiques he offered. By May 25, 2010, please submit 250-word abstracts or complete papers to Sharon McCoy, University of Georgia, at email@example.com. MARXIST LITERARY GROUP Marxist and Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Culture of 9/11 By now it is clear that the attacks of September 11, 2001, have provided grist for the culture industry mill, spawning a variety of theoretical, literary, and cinematic productions. This panel seeks to analyze these cultural productions from a specifically Marxist and/or psychoanalytic perspective. That is, panelists may do a Marxist or psychoanalytic reading of a particular book, movie, etc., or they may do a Marxist and/or psychoanalytic explanation about the industry of 9/11 culture in general. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts to Charles Sumner at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. MELUS (SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF MULTI-ETHNIC LITERATURE IN THE U.S.) Reflections on Identity: Images in Multi-Ethnic American Literature In keeping with the 2010 SAMLA convention theme, the “Interplay of Image and Text,” the MELUS panel seeks papers examining how images and/or the relationship between images and literary texts can inform, circumscribe, or perform identity within the context of multi-ethnic literature of the United States. Projects may consider images as constructed within narrative or place images and literary texts independent of one another in conversation. Selected panelists must meet all registration and membership deadlines for the 2010 SAMLA convention and be members of MELUS by the time of their presentation. By April 15, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts and contact information to Lucy Littler, Florida State University, at email@example.com. Panelists will be notified via e-mail by May 1, 2010. ROBERT PENN WARREN CIRCLE Robert Penn Warren and Sex Robert Penn Warren’s fiction has its fair share of sexuality. While Willie Stark’s sexual promiscuity in All the King’s Men comes to the forefront in a discussion of sex in Warren’s work, the topic abounds in many of his other works, including most of the novels. This call seeks papers addressing all aspects of sex in Warren’s fiction and poetry, including sexual violence, the use of sex for power or coercion, and sex as a means of escape from reality. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts to Kyle Taylor, West Georgia Technical College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SOCIETY FOR CRITICAL EXCHANGE, SESSION I Jung’s Red Book: Confronting the Unconscious through Word and Image In 1913, at a moment of personal and professional crisis, Jung began recording a series of visions and fantasies in what would become an extended “confrontation with the unconscious.” The Red Book, newly published last year after decades kept under a shroud of family secrecy, is rife with all the chaos and horror one might expect an honest accounting of the unplumbed depths of the human psyche to contain. The book has another striking feature as well, however: it is visually stunning. Comprised of flowing calligraphic text illuminated by richly colored and densely symbolic images, it is on its own terms an aesthetic object of great precision and beauty. This panel welcomes papers that explore the visual dimension of Jung’s text in any aspect. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to, the relations between textual/visual aesthetics and the unconscious; the use of an essentially medieval literary form to delineate a profoundly modern search for self; the practical importance of creativity and design in charting the hidden landscapes of human experience, such as those designated by the terms “unconscious,” “psyche,” and “soul”; the role of aesthetic expression in the development of the human psyche; and the dynamic interplay between word and image, including their interchangeability (i.e., text that functions visually as image, and images that function narratively or informationally as text). By May 15, 2010, please submit (e-mail preferred), one-page proposals and abstracts, along with any requests for audio-visual support, to Nicholas Miller, Loyola University Maryland, at email@example.com. SOCIETY FOR CRITICAL EXCHANGE, SESSION II Chair and session information will be forthcoming at the web site. SOCIETY FOR TEXTUAL SCHOLARSHIP Imaging Textual Studies This session welcomes proposals on the interplay of text and image in textual studies, broadly defined, including, but not limited to, creation of digital archives and editions, relations of text and illustration, relations of image and caption, editorial treatment of visual material, visual representation of edited text, scholarly editing, digital editing, editorial theory, editorial case studies, and use of archives and/or electronic archives. By May 1, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts either by e-mail at 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Catherine Paul, Department of English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0523. SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF SOUTHERN LITERATURE (SSSL) The Inward Gaze: Multimedia Literatures of the South With the special focus of SAMLA’s upcoming convention being “The Interplay of Text and Image,” this session welcomes submissions of proposals regarding the connections between text and image in Southern literatures. Many Southern narratives have become quintessential American stories, while retaining their unique regional characteristics. Increasingly, Southern writers and artists are utilizing multiple lenses of new media to understand the South in conceptually different ways. Burgeoning media representations are allowing for more intense and fascinating critiques from within. For example, the journal Southern Spaces provides cutting edge scholarship and original art (short films, photo essays) from contemporary Southern artists. The fiction of canonical Southern writers like Eudora Welty is enriched by further attention to her photography and understanding of place. And, film interpretations of novels like All the King’s Men, Cold Mountain, or The Secret Life of Bees offer a layering of genres and intertextuality that deserve further exploration. This session invites academic papers, multimedia, or digital pieces on any intersection of text and image in Southern literatures, which may include: film, art, illustration, photography, and/or visual rhetoric. By May 30, 2010, please submit abstracts by e-mail of 300 words with the requisite information as noted in the SAMLA call for papers guidelines, to Angela Mullis, Mount Olive College, at email@example.com. SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE (SCCL), SESSION I Christian Themes in Film and Image We welcome papers dealing with themes in film that reveal Christianity. In 1983, Tender Mercies showed themes of redemption in the life of country music singer Mac Sledge (Robert Duvall). Themes of grace were evident through the roles of Rosa Lee, Mac’s wife, and Rosa’s young boy, Sonny. Duvall and screenwriter Horton Foote won awards from several festivals. How have grace, redemption, prayer, contrition, providence, and compassion have found their way into film? Theoretical discussions of visual images and Christianity fit this session. Presenters may include showing episodes for up to five minutes of their 20-minute allotment. By June 1, 2010, please send a 600-word abstract to Rich Gray, Montreat College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an abstract is accepted, the deadline for the completed paper is September 1, 2010. SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE (SCCL), SESSION II The Problem of Faith in Literature: Belief and Art For this session, we are looking for papers on faith as a resource for the imagination. We are interested in studies of how religious belief and practice inform and give shape to literary texts. The works under consideration may fall into any generic category—novel, short story, epic poem, lyric poem, drama—and may represent any time period, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. By June 15, 2010, please send abstracts of 500 words to Robin Colby, Meredith College, at email@example.com. SOUTHEASTERN MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION (SEMA) Text and Image in Medieval Literature and Culture This session welcomes submissions for 20-minute papers considering “the interplay of text and image” in medieval literature and culture. By May 1, 2009, please submit 300-word abstracts to Elizabeth Lucia, Rhodes College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SOUTHEASTERN RENAISSANCE CONFERENCE (SRC) Text and Image in the Renaissance This panel seeks papers that explore the interplay of text and image in Renaissance works. Topics might include, but are not limited to, film adaptations or appropriations of Renaissance drama; emblem literature; 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. masques; the visuality of Early Modern theatre performance or contemporary re-stagings; neo-iconoclasm; depictions of women or race or gender; the sermon or religious service as performance; staging power; visual representations (i.e. paintings, sketches, etc.) of Early Modern texts; or, book covers, book making, and printing. By April 23, 2010, please send abstracts of no more than 500 words to Lynne Simpson, Presbyterian College, at email@example.com. TRUMAN CAPOTE SOCIETY Studies in the Works and Life of Truman Capote Presentations on any topic related to the title of this session will be considered. By April 15, 2010, please send submissions of no longer than two or three pages, as well as contact information, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Stuart Noel, Georgia Perimeter College, Humanities Department, 555 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021-2361. Regular Sessions ADVANCED WRITING Seeking chair. If you have an interest, please contact Lara Smith-Sitton, SAMLA Associate Director, at email@example.com. AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE Horror in the African American Literary Aesthetic This session will explore the presence of horror in African American literature in an attempt to redefine the boundaries of horror when it is constructed within the African American aesthetic. Papers that explore lesser-known and analyzed authors and texts will be privileged. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions to Kinitra Brooks, University of Texas San Antonio, at firstname.lastname@example.org. AMERICAN LITERATURE I (PRE-1900) American Childhoods: Representations of Childhood in pre-1900 American Literature Whether they appear in literary works intended for adults or for children, and whether they are “real” or fictional, child characters are almost always the product of adult imaginings. What kinds of “cultural work” do child characters do in literary works? How is gender performed by these characters? How is national identity formed? This panel seeks papers which address these issues or others centered on the representation of childhood in American literary texts before 1900. By May 15, 2010, please submit inquiries and/or abstracts of 250 words to Chris Nesmith, University of South Carolina-Columbia, at email@example.com. AMERICAN LITERATURE II (POST 1900) Illustrated Texts in American Literature In keeping with SAMLA’s theme for the year, this session will explore how text and image have interacted in American literature since 1900. This panel will be open to analyses of comic books, graphic novels, or any type of illustrated texts that seek to elucidate how the presence of images adds to (or detracts from) the goals, themes, or subject matter of the text. By May 15, 2010, please send 250- to 300-word abstracts and current CVs to Victoria Bryan, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, at Victoria.M.Bryan@gmail.com. APPALACHIAN LITERATURE Labor and Leisure This session will explore attitudes toward work and/or play in Appalachian literature and may include some attention to the interplay between these two activities. Proposals and presentations that consider any approach to labor and/or leisure in poetry, fiction, or non-fiction by Appalachian writer(s) are welcome. The subject may touch on topics related to gender, race, class, environmentalism; the other arts; human 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. relationships; and/or time. Activities of labor and leisure may contrast to time spent in contemplation, and such activities may be a primary or secondary focus of the literature. By May 1, 2010, please submit abstracts of at least 250 words to Libby Broadwell, Christian Brothers University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE DISCUSSION CIRCLE Rewriting Traditional Literature: Transformations of Fairy Tales, Folklore, and the Unearthed Undead Textual adaptations of traditional literatures have long been written and discussed. Recent incarnations, such as Disney’s film The Princess and the Frog (2009) or Michael Buckley’s The Sisters Grimm series illustrate our continued fascination with such literatures. Other authors, such as Ryan C. Thomas with The Undead World of Oz or W. Bill Czolgosz and his text Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, have chosen to dig deep into the tales of the undead to breathe new life into such stories. This panel seeks to explore the transformations such tales have undergone and how such retellings impact the lore regarding such works. In keeping with the conference theme, “The Interplay of Image and Text,” essays that engage adaptations into a video game, comic book, graphic novel, and/or film formats are particularly encouraged, though all papers that address the above concerns are welcomed. Papers addressing retellings from all time periods, not just those pertaining to contemporary adaptations, are also sought. Topics may include, but are not limited to, magic-uses, belief in/practice of, access to such power; gendered spaces and performance of gender; revisions of “powers” of the undead/supernatural; myth and spirituality; the impact of colonialism/the colonized; lost adaptations; and, rewritten texts for older/younger audiences. By May 15, 2010, please submit inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words to Amberyl Malkovich, Concord University, at email@example.com. COMPARATIVE LITERATURE Word and Image across Cultures Inter-relations between the arts have long been central to comparative study. The current session can thus be expected to provide a staging ground for exemplary forays into the discursive space shared by words and images. Theoretical as well as practical approaches are welcomed. Cutting across cultures or national traditions, possible topics include literature and photography, the impact of visual art on texts, textual determinants of visual art, East-West comparisons, or critical redefinings of verbal-visual space. The historical time-frame is left open, but the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are preferred. By June 1, 2010, please e-mail abstracts of 250 to 300 words to Nathaniel Wallace, South Carolina State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. CRITICAL THINKING IN THE RHET/COMP CLASSROOM, SESSION I Using Images in the Composition Classroom The special session on composition at SAMLA in 2010 will focus on the conference theme of "The Interplay of Text and Image." Many composition textbooks and courses already address students' facility (or lack thereof) with analyzing and developing visual arguments, and the trend towards multimodality seems likely to continue in the age of Web 2.0. We encourage paper proposals on using images in the composition classroom. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: using visual images to teach composition and/or rhetorical skills; teaching students to include visuals in their texts; new strategies for teaching rhetorical analysis of visuals; the pedagogy of document design in freshman writing classrooms; connections between basic writing and visual literacy; rethinking PowerPoint in the classroom; the value of multimodality in writing pedagogy; visuals in/and the online composition course. By May 14, 2010, please submit paper proposals of 500 words to Sonya C. Brown, University of North Carolina at Fayetteville, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. CRITICAL THINKING IN THE RHET/COMP CLASSROOM, SESSION II Composing Literacy, Developing Agency The 2010 SAMLA conference will be held at the Loews Hotel Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, November 5-7, 2010. We welcome proposals that offer new considerations of the relationship between literacy and identity formation as played out in pedagogical strategies, assignments, and assessment of student writing. James Paul Gee has argued that “a discourse is a sort of ‘identity kit’” that is learned not through direct instruction but through “social practice.” Though scholars have argued about the implications of this dynamic for the better part of two decades, how well have we applied it in our classrooms? Do our pedagogical strategies and assignments give students the tools to make meaningful identities or do we truncate writing to conform to the expectations of the academy and thus threaten authentic identity formation? More importantly, how do we enable and encourage our students to acquire literacy skills for their own needs and identity constructions? How do students develop agency as they engage and practice the literacies of the academy? Do these activities work at cross purposes to one another or are they reconcilable? How may we better enable our students to engage and participate in academic literacies and also develop agency in the classroom and in the world at large? Consider sharing and analyzing pedagogical strategies and assignments from your teaching experience. By May 1, 2010, please submit proposals of no more than 250 words to David Brauer, North Georgia College and State University, at email@example.com. ENGLISH I (MEDIEVAL) Chair: Nicholas Haines, State University of New York, Ulster Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. ENGLISH II (1500-1600) Violent Masculinities: Early Modern Texts and Modern Images Co-Chairs: Catherine Thomas, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Jennifer Feather, University of North Carolina at Greensboro From Lavinia’s rape and dismemberment in Titus Andronicus to the decimation of villains in The Faerie Queene, early modern texts are rife with acts of spectacular violence in part because of the central role they play in constituting and contesting early modern masculinity. Similarly, modern popular culture has proliferated and valorized images of violent masculinity, both in adaptations of early modern works (e.g. Hamlet and The Revenger's Tragedy) and in later models of heroism (e.g. The Terminator films, superhero comics). This panel welcomes papers considering historical, theoretical, literary and/or aesthetic aspects of violent masculinity, then and now. How do displays of violence construct masculinity? Trouble it? To what extent and in what ways is the spectacularity of violence significant in forming masculinity? How do modern representations of violence perpetuate, transform, and/or challenge early modern models of masculinity? By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of 250- to 500-words to Catherine Thomas, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at ThomasC@cofc.edu. ENGLISH III (RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE) The Eighteenth-Century Fatal Woman SAMLA’s “The Long Eighteenth Century” panel is seeking papers that focus on the figure of the eighteenth-century fatal woman. The femme fatale is loosely defined as an irresistible woman who leads men (and women) into dangerous, often deadly situations; however, the fatal woman need not always be aware of the threat she embodies. Papers should address some aspect of the femme fatale in eighteenth- century literature and/or culture by addressing a literary character, artist, or some other figure who poses a threat to individuals, gender conventions, a particular social order, etc. Papers might also address the conference theme of text and image by considering the visual representations of eighteenth-century femmes fatales in art, photography, and film adaptations of eighteenth-century literary texts. By May 20, 2010, please send 300-word abstracts to Heather Braun, Macon State College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. ENGLISH IV (ROMANTIC AND VICTORIAN) Nineteenth-Century Supernatural Ghosts and ghost stories fascinated the British reading public throughout the nineteenth-century. The supernatural genre was an intriguing area for many authors during this time because it allowed them to voice their socio-political concerns within the well-known and non-threatening form of the ghost story. These writers used the figure of the ghost to carry their messages of social reform, or to raise awareness of problems in British society that needed to be considered or changed. Thus, the “social supernatural” often combines an entertaining ghost story with a deeper social or political agenda. For the 2010 English IV (Romantic and Victorian) session, topics that address the above concerns are especially welcome. Topics could include critiques of gender, economics, religion, class, race, or imperialism through a supernatural lens; ghosts as contaminating influences (i.e., critiques of Victorian disease and other health issues); forgotten ghost story writers; supernatural poetry vs. prose; publishing histories of supernatural literature (in collections, periodicals, popular magazines, etc.); beneficial/friendly ghosts; colonial and postcolonial ghosts; and, comparisons of female versus male ghost story writers, Are there major differences in subject and style? Accepted presenters will need to be members of SAMLA before the 2010 convention. By May 15, 2010, please send one-page abstracts along with a short C.V. (including complete contact information) to Melissa Edmundson, Independent Scholar, at Remmel102@aol.com. ENGLISH V (MODERN BRITISH) From Text to Image: Modern English and Anglophone Literature on Film Contemporary cinema has frequently mined the modern English canon (now including works from England’s former colonies as well as from those like Conrad, Nabokov, or Ishiguro who chose to write in English) for its material. We solicit papers that address the alchemical process by which film transmutes word into image. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts of 500 words to Michele Frucht Levy, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, at email@example.com. ENGLISH IN THE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE, SESSION I Moving Images: Multi-Media Problems and Solutions for the English Composition/Literature Student in the Two-Year College Students in two-year colleges are increasingly, even alarmingly, disconnected from written/published texts. In response, many of us have turned to sound recordings/film/television in an effort to encourage at least student response if not student interest and engagement. Frequently, however, what had been revolutionary or provocative works/genres (film noir, animation, music video) when utilized in English Composition/Literature classes only yesterday, now appear to many students to be as obsolete and without relevance as the written texts themselves. How are English instructors “moving” the image forward in an era of twittering and Kindles? What multi-media solutions still work in the age of Avatar? By May 15, 2010, please send a one-page abstract and vitae and to Hank Eidson, Georgia Perimeter College, at Rodger.Eidson@gpc.edu. ENGLISH IN THE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE, SESSION II Approaches to Teaching Information Literacy in English 1102 One of the greatest challenges of teaching students how to write a research paper in Freshman Composition (English 1102) is developing their skills in locating, evaluating, and utilizing appropriate critical sources. Without proper guidance, most students erroneously believe an adequate bibliographic search consists of the first half-dozen items they pull up on the Internet. This session invites presenters to consider successful approaches to teaching students how to use the library to find both traditional and online sources, then how to assess the quality and determine the usefulness of those documents to their research projects. By May 15, 2010, please send a one-page abstract and a short C.V. (including complete contact information) to Rosemary Cox, Georgia Perimeter College, at Rosemary.Cox@gpc.edu. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. ENGLISH IN THE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE, SESSION III Using Short Stories in Composition Courses The idea of using short stories in freshman composition courses remains controversial, but many instructors find this practice useful in teaching analysis before students move on to literature survey courses. It would be interesting to learn more about how teaching methods in freshman composition affect student skills as they move on to the next levels of English instruction. Our panel seeks participants who have used short stories effectively in freshman composition I or II. We are particularly interested in those who have designed unique assignments or presentations to incorporate the study of short stories into freshman composition. We also welcome instructors who wish to argue against the practice of using short stories in freshman composition so that this session might prove a lively debate as well as an opportunity for “best practices” discussion. By May 15, 2010, please e-mail an abstract of 300 words or less to Rachel Wall, Georgia Highlands College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. FILM In keeping with the theme of the 2010 SAMLA convention, this panel seeks paper proposals that address the interplay of text and image. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, cinematic adaptations of literary works, film theory and authorship, reflexivity in film and literature, and the relationship of word and image in national cinemas and cinematic traditions. All submissions will be acknowledged. Please note: panelists must complete SAMLA membership forms by August 15, 2010. By May 15, 2010, please send proposals of approximately 500 words with presenter’s name, academic affiliation, and contact information (including e-mail and mailing addresses) to Adrienne Angelo, Auburn University, at email@example.com. FOLKLORE We welcome proposals that explore folklore, folklife, or traditional forms of expression. Papers may include, but are not limited to, examinations of oral traditions, music, material culture, folk festivals, ritual, dance, and folklore collectors. Proposals that investigate literary, filmic, or other interpretations of folklore are also welcome. By May 15, 2010, please submit a brief proposal of 250 words to Emily Kader, Emory University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. FRENCH I (MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE) “The Representation of the Other” in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature This session welcomes submissions for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the representation of the "Other" (social, cultural, etc.,) in French medieval and renaissance literature and culture. By May 1, 2010, please submit 300-word abstracts to Vilay Lyxuchouky, University of Georgia, at email@example.com. FRENCH II (17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES) This session is open to papers pertaining to French studies of the 17 th and 18th centuries. By April 30, 2010, please submit 250- to 300-word abstracts to Virginie Cassidy, Georgetown University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. FRENCH III (19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES) Hommage à Sembene Ousmane This panel invites proposals that explore any aspects of Sembene Ousmane’s life, works, and politics. By May15, 2010, please submit proposals of not more than 350 words in French or English to Martine Boumtje, Southern Arkansas University, at email@example.com. GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES Fatal Attractions: Homoeroticism in the Novels of Patricia Highsmith and Their Film Adaptations 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. In line with this year’s conference theme, we invite papers on gay and lesbian themes in Highsmith’s novels and their representation, or absence, in film adaptations of her work. In Bruce R. Smith’s famous study of homosexual desire in Shakespeare’s England, the author distinguishes categories of gay interaction, including “Combatants and Comrades,” “The Secret Sharer,” and “Master and Minion”: these, or other definitions, such as “Friend,” “Sister,” or “Other Self” might well be applied to Highsmith’s characters, such as Bruno Anthony from Strangers on a Train, or the infamous Tom Ripley, with their fatal attraction to “others.” By June 01, 2010, please submit a 250-300 word abstract or complete papers, either by post to Dr. Linda Rohrer Paige, Georgia Southern University, Department of Literature and Phil., P. O. Box 8023, Statesboro GA 30460-8023 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, Dr. Paige can be reached at 912-690-4660 for questions. GERMAN I (MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, AND BAROQUE) Chair: Jocelyn McDaniel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. GERMAN II Rivalry, Resentment, Conflict and War: Auto- and Hetero-image in German Literature, Drama and Film (1700-1913) In times of extreme political and social change, there is always a stronger need for explorations of personal and national identity, and the most common approach to define the self is by contrasting it to the other. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, the wars of liberation against Napoleon, the dissolution of the Holy German Empire and German (dualism the differentiation between self and other, familiar and alien) is at the very root of German philosophy, literature, and drama. Topics that could be addressed may include but are not limited to conflicts of identity and alterity in historic, fantastic, and imaginary genres; dualistic oppositions (savage versus civilized / East versus West); progression and development of self and other in depictions of war and conflict; self and other in gothic novels, cartoons, caricatures, and travel writing; historical or legendary personifications of German characteristics; discourse of national character and national heroes; poetics of ethnic and national stereotypes; and orientalism. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts of about 300 words to Heidi Denzel de Tirado, Universiteit van Amsterdam / Freie Universität Berlin, at HeidiDenzel@gmx.net. Notification of acceptance will be sent by May, 2010. GERMAN III (1933-PRESENT) Chair: Magdalen Stanley, Washington University in St. Louis Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. GRADUATE STUDENTS’ FORUM IN ENGLISH Politics and Literature The idea for this panel is parallel to an issue-topic in the Pennsylvania Literary Journal, http://sites.google.com/site/pennsylvaniajournal, founded by the chair. Hopefully, the papers presented in this panel will be edited into articles for the journal. Many literary theorists from Karl Marx to Ana Castillo's Chicana feminism are rooted in political science rather than in purely textual analysis. Classical and modern authors frequently blend politics with fiction. Dumas and Shakespeare dramatized political maneuverings in their histories and tragedies. Stowe, Dickens, and Twain wrote against slavery in their novels, journals, and letters. Political sarcasm and satire has been a dominant form of popular and elite expression from Aristophanes to Swift and to the modern-day comedians. Realists and naturalists made melancholic anti-poverty and corruption stands. Cooper pled for the rights of the Native Americans, and Conrad protested against colonialism. These are some examples of canonical encounters between the causes of social justice and literary interpretations or portrayals of the ills that plague humanity. All literary periods from the beginning of written thought to the present day are relevant. One should be able to read 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. his or her paper in fifteen minutes. By May 1, 2010, please submit a title, a brief abstract of approximately 250 words and a C.V. or resume to Anna Faktorovich, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at email@example.com. GRADUATE STUDENTS’ FORUM IN FRENCH This session is open to graduate students who are invited to present their current work. Represented fields usually include linguistics, applied linguistics, cultural studies, film and literature. Works dealing with the Middle Ages, the early modern period, 19th- and 20th- century French and Francophone literature and culture, and contemporary issues, are welcome. By May 25, 2010, please send a short bio-bibliography (4-5 lines maximum), and indicate clearly whether A/V equipment is needed along with an abstract of 100- to150-words to Christophe Ippolito, Georgia Institute of Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org. GRADUATE STUDENTS’ POETS’ CIRCLE Contemporary Poets and Their Interplay of Text and Image For SAMLA’s conference in 2010, the Graduate Students’ Poets’ Circle will feature the poetry of four graduate students. With the special focus of the 2010 SAMLA Convention being “The Interplay of Text and Image,” this poetry circle will discuss how contemporary poets use both text and image, and the poets will read from their work that embraces this sense of interplay. By May 1, 2010, please submit a bio and sample of three poems to Charlotte Pence, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at email@example.com. GRADUATE STUDIES IN GERMAN DISCUSSION CIRCLE Seeking chair. If you have an interest, please contact Lara Smith-Sitton, SAMLA Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. GRADUATE STUDIES IN ITALIAN DISCUSSION CIRCLE Italian Visual Art in Relation to Literature: Analyzing the Separation between Fact and Embellishment This session will explore the relation between text and image through varied analyses and methodologies of films, photography, art, and technology within Italian literature and culture. Special emphasis will be given to papers that explore the factual/documentary aspect of art versus the embellished/fictional contrast. Papers related to modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, though with other focus, will also be considered. By June 15, 2010, abstract of 200 to 400 words to Shelton Bellew, University of Georgia, at email@example.com. GRADUATE STUDIES IN SPANISH DISCUSSION CIRCLE Special Topics in Spanish Graduate Studies: Hispanic Theater This session focuses on open topics in Hispanic theater. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of between 100-125 words in length along with your full name, e-mail address, and affiliation to Rocío Zalba, Columbia College, South Carolina, at firstname.lastname@example.org. HISTORY AND THEORY OF RHETORIC, SESSION I Political Speak: A Look at the Use and Abuse of Rhetoric to Promote Support of Torture and Punishment Torture: What is the fascination with this arcane activity? The very nature of torture is that it speaks to us viscerally—a prolonged sensory activity that captivates its audience with images of pain and misery. It is something society looks down upon but simultaneously has almost an obsessive interest in viewing, dissecting and in some cases applying. This panel seeks to present theories and analysis regarding the use of rhetorical methods in history, literature, art and film to rally the masses in support of the very activities that society collectively deems heinous. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. Paper topics may concern the historical, literary, or artistic use of speech and language in relation to public torture and execution; nationalistic or ethnocentric influences and biases (i.e., xenophobia, war); population control; prevalence of the use of torture in contemporary film (ex. “Saw” series of films); maintenance of existing political hierarchies; influence on religion and faith; mind control (ex. fear and intimidation); the Holocaust and other acts of genocide throughout the world - past or current. By April 30, 2010, please send abstracts of 300 words or less to Jessica Charles, Prince Georges County Community College, at CharleJE@pgcc.edu. HISTORY OF THEORY AND RHETORIC, SESSION II Chair and session information will be forthcoming at the web site. HUMANITIES DISCUSSION CIRCLE Humanities and the Meaning of the Text In this postmodern age, nearly everything that can be seen as a locus of meaning has been redefined along the lines of textuality: gender, race, nationality, sexuality, subcultures, and even academic disciplines. How has post-modernity’s concentration on textuality affected the humanities? How has the expansion of what defines textuality affected the humanities? How can the humanities benefit from the cross-disciplinarity that comes from contemporary studies of textuality? Papers are being solicited that will explore how meaning is constructed or translated by the very notion of textuality. By May 15, 2010, please send a one- page abstract to Matthew Guy, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, at email@example.com. HOLOCAUST IN LITERATURE AND FILM Representations of Women and Children in Holocaust film In the last two decades, we have seen a surge in Holocaust representations in popular feature film in the U.S. The majority of these films have been adapted from novels, testimonies, and other literary sources. Many also portray women and children during the Holocaust in a variety of ways that demands scholarly exploration and interdisciplinary discussion. This session invites proposals to address SAMLA’s special focus, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” between Holocaust films and their literary counterparts. Films suggested for consideration include, but are not limited to, The Grey Zone (2001), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), and The Reader (2008). Within the framework of portraying women and children in the Holocaust, proposals may address issues of Jewish and non-Jewish representation, resistance, forms of Holocaust denial connected to historical and/or literary accuracy, gender representation, and other issues specific to the particular film. Your proposal should address one film, though proposals with multiple films focusing on one particular issue will be considered. Some general questions that may be discussed include the following: What are the differences between the representations of women victims and men victims? Male and female perpetrators? Does gender play a role in the portrayal of victimhood? Do children have agency in the films? What has the film adaptation achieved or lacked in comparison with its literary counterpart? What are the moral and aesthetic issues facing the portrayal of women and children in Holocaust films? How can literary and cinematic strategies and approaches further develop in this field in the future? Does the historical context matter in the representations of individual characters? The panel welcomes presenters from a variety of backgrounds including Jewish studies, film studies, gender studies, literary studies, and other fields. By May 1, 2010, please send proposals to Karen Schwerin, Brandeis University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. HUMANITIES DISCUSSION CIRCLE Chair: Matthew Guy, University of Tennessee Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. IRISH STUDIES The Supernatural in Irish Literature and Film 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. In many ways, Irish Literature and film are haunted, literally and figuratively. Additionally, is home to many creatures and myths and even the most famous of the undead. This panel encourages an open approach to any way in which the supernatural works within Irish literature or film and discussions of the ways in which the supernatural, from haunting to vampires, works in conjunction or juxtaposition with Irish culture. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, the following: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Selkies (ex. Secrets of Roan Inish), Pookas, green women, banshees, hags turning into young women (ex. Cathleen Ni Houlihan), spirits, ghosts, apparitions, myth or magic. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts of 300 words or less to Shane Trayers, Macon State College, at email@example.com. ITALIAN I (MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE) Italian Literature and Culture before 1600 Papers are sought on any topic concerning Italian literature and/or culture from the Duecento through the Cinquecento. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts to Silvia Giovanardi Byer, Park University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ITALIAN II (1600 TO PRESENT) The Interplay of Text and Image in 1600 thru Present Italian Literature and Culture This session will explore the relation between text and image through varied analyses and methodologies of films, photography, art, and technology within Italian literature and culture. Papers related to modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture, though with other focus, will be also considered. By April 1, 2010, please submit a 200-word abstract to Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University, at email@example.com. LINGUISTICS The SAMLA Linguistics session seeks abstract submissions for twenty-minute paper presentations on any aspect of linguistic theory with a special emphasis on papers that consider language variation, language and educational theory, and dialectology. Abstracts should be .doc or pdf format and no longer than 500 words in length. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts, including a cover page that provides the author’s name, e-mail address, and affiliation to Benjamin Torbert, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. LITERARY CRITICISM DISCUSSION CIRCLE Chair: Mirja Lobnik, Emory University Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. LITERATURE OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA Re-Imagining Africa For Africans seeking to engage an American and European audience, there is a tension inherent in representing Africa: what stories do you tell to non-African audiences? Do you tell stories of the present, dealing with war and genocide? If so, does this play into stereotypes of Africa as plagued by poverty, disease, and death? Or do you tell stories set in better times, or more prosperous places, and run the risk of creating a work seemingly out of touch or willfully ignorant of real problems on the continent? This session seeks papers that will focus on the literary production of African and African Diaspora writers whose work recreates, responds, counters, or otherwise wrestles with outside, outdated, or clichéd images of Africa. Literary attributes to consider might include any of the following and more: language, characterization, setting, thematic content, voicing, and perspective. Papers should seek to address the question of how African writers re-invent images of Africa and why. By May 15, 2010, please send proposals of no more than 250 words for a 15- to 20-minute presentation to Justin Colussy-Estes, Georgia Perimeter College, at Justin.Estes@gpc.edu. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. LUSO-BRAZILIAN STUDIES, SESSION I Chair: Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira, Vanderbilt University Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. LUSO-BRAZILIAN STUDIES II (MULTIPLE SESSIONS) Luso-Brazilian Literature, Culture and Linguistics The purpose of this general call for papers is to increase the number of Luso-Brazilian Studies sessions at SAMLA in 2010. We would like to create as many coherent sessions as possible, in the greatest variety of areas. To that end, we solicit proposals that deal with any aspect of the following: Brazilian Literature and Culture / Cultura e Literatura Brasileiras; Portuguese Literature and Culture / Cultura e Literatura Portuguesas; Luso-African Literature and Culture / Cultura e Literatura Luso-africanas; Linguistics of the Portuguese-speaking World / A Linguística da Lusofonia; and the Inclusion of Undergraduate Research in the Lusophone Studies Cannon / A Inclusão da Investigação de Alunos de Graduação no Cânon dos Estudos da Lusofonia. (Such a panel would focus on the possibilities of including undergraduate researchers in studies on the Lusophone world, and/or include research project presentations by undergraduate researchers.) Accepted papers will be grouped into sessions of three to four participants according to period and subject matter. Proposals that deal with the convention topic, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” are encouraged, but not required. Graduate student submissions are more than welcome. Membership in SAMLA is required for conference attendance. Conference registration received before October 1, 2010 is discounted. More information can be found at SAMLA’s website: http://samla.gsu.edu/index.htm. By May 15, 2010, please submit abstracts of 200 to 300 words including your name, contact information and institutional affiliation to Robert Simon, Kennesaw State University, (770) 499-3366 (phone), or 770.499.3386 (fax), or by e-mail at email@example.com. MEDIEVAL LITERATURE Papers on any aspect of the interrelation of text and image in the Middle Ages, including manuscript texts and illuminations, textual representations of visuality, visual representations of texts, reading or writing, etc. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts of no larger than 250 words to William Crooke, East Tennessee State University at firstname.lastname@example.org. MODERN DRAMA Chair: Laura G. Pattillo, St. Joseph's University Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE Film by, for, and with Native Americans With the special focus of SAMLA’s upcoming convention being on the “Interplay of Text and Image,” this session welcomes submissions of proposals regarding the connections between film and Native American literature. Like many literatures, various Native American stories both by Native and non-Native filmmakers have been made into films, including Fast Runner, Skins, Naturally Native, and The Business of Fancydancing. Non-Native filmmakers particularly have created narratives featuring Natives, such as Last of the Mohicans, Apocalypto, and The New World, which present a very different image of Natives than those created by Natives themselves. Films by non-Natives have endured criticism for their use of the source narratives, inclusion of Native languages, and integration of Native actors and community voices. Film has also become a medium for relating narratives from non-literary sources, so this panel also encourages papers that engage in the growing body of Native film, from short to feature-length, documentary to horror and other genres. This session invites academic papers, multi-media, or digital pieces on any intersection of film and Native American literature. By May 31, 2010, please submit 300- 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. word abstracts with the requisite information as noted in the SAMLA call for papers guidelines by e-mail (no regular mail), to Jessica Bardill, Duke University, at email@example.com. OLD ENGLISH The Intersection of Text and Image in Anglo-Saxon Literature What does image mean in Anglo-Saxon literature? How can we define the intersection of text and image without first defining this term? This session seeks papers that will shed light on the meaning of image in Old English texts. The topic is purposefully broad so as to invite multi-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome proposals from specialties including, but not limited to, literary theory, medieval history, politics in Anglo-Saxon England, linguistics and philology, and eco-literature. By May 15, 2010, please submit abstracts of 250 to 300 words either to Elizabeth Canon, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Salter, Georgia College and State University, at email@example.com. POPULAR CULTURE The Interplay of Text and Visual Imagery on Film and Television How does the interplay of text and visual imagery in film and/or on television re-inscribe or break open stereotypes of race, class, gender, and/or sexuality? By May 15, 2010, please submit 250-word abstracts of paper proposals to Wendy A. Burns-Ardoline, Clayton State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE, SESSION I The Future of Postcolonial Studies: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Horizons Postcolonial studies has offered one of the most influential perspectives of the last few decades in critical studies and drastically changed the way we look at ourselves and at others as it has investigated the mechanisms of dominance. However, as the field expanded its territory to include other fields such as gender studies, it has not been one without debates and contentions as its links to dominant systems were investigated. This panel will try to hold light on what awaits postcolonial studies in the near future. In what specific ways must postcolonial theory revise itself to meet the new challenges of a world that is more merged and more polarized at once? What are some potential tools/venues/perspectives that postcolonial studies must employ in order to answer to the new critical challenges? Of specific interest are papers which examine the current problems or challenges within postcolonial studies and which offer possible methodological solutions to such problems. Focal points may include, but are not limited to, the following themes: new orientalisms/occidentalisms in US and worldwide; new identity questions; nationalisms; war and terrorism, profiling, and postcolonial theory; citizenship; religion and secularism; new language policies; popular culture and postcolonial theory; new directions in race and ethnicity studies; new directions in gender studies; new directions in critical theory; digital humanities; and, new forms of representation and postcolonial studies. We are expecting papers of no longer than 15 minutes. By March 20, 2010, please send the proposals to Almila Ozdek, University of Maryland, at email@example.com. POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE, SESSION II Chair: Roopika Risam, Emory University Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE, SESSION III Environmental Imperialism: Space, Place and the Body in Postcolonial Contexts Postcolonial literature has traditionally addressed issues of race, gender and class, revealing oppression and exploitation at the hands of Western colonial powers. Yet, in the 21st century, after colonies have long achieved their political independence, exploitation continues, only changing its form. Now multina 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. tional corporations and international economic regulatory institutions such as the IMF, the WTO, and the World Bank—all three dedicated to the promotion of international capitalism—have become agents of control in the name of “development.” In such context, physical space, especially in the Third World, becomes a contested site. Developing nations’ ecological balance falls victim to the interests of global capital through measures presented as economic saviors with complete disregard for the consequences on the people or their environment (for example, workers in developing nations are paid outrageously low salaries for their work, while they lose access to their own space). This panel invites papers on post- colonial texts that engage with the image of the neo-colonial space through analysis of the environment, place and/or the body in contemporary or past contexts. Presentations should run between 15-20 minutes, allowing time for discussion. Presenters must be SAMLA members by August 15th. If any audiovisual equipment is necessary, please include a list of the equipment with your proposal. By June 1, 2010, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words or complete papers to Laura Barberan Reinares, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SAMLA CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS Pictures and Words The SAMLA Creative Nonfiction Writers panel is seeking papers to consider for inclusion at the 2010 convention to be held November 5-7, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference’s theme this year is “The Interplay of Text and Image.” Submitted creative nonfiction papers should adhere to that theme and may range from 1000 to 4000 words. Those writers whose works are accepted must be (or become) a SAMLA member, must commit to attend the 2010 conference, and should be prepared to read the accepted work out loud to an audience. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions of the entire work, double-spaced, in legible (Times New Roman or sans serif) fonts as well as a 100- to 150-word abstract of the work, either by e-mail at email@example.com or via post to Diana Lambert (Warren Wilson College), 317 Surrey Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. Be sure to include all appropriate contact information, including school, home, alternate summer address, and so on. SAMLA FICTION WRITERS The SAMLA Fiction Writers Session invites short stories of any length and style for the 2010 annual conference. This session blends workshop and panel formats. Participants will not only present their work to a live audience but also submit their manuscripts to the chair and co-presenters, before the conference date, for critical feedback. Although short stories of any genre or style will be considered, the session chair especially encourages works that address the “interplay of text and image,” as related to this year’s conference theme. Such stories might reference works of visual art, photography, sculpture, and film, or involve artists as central characters. By April 30, 2010, please e-mail an excerpt from the story (500 words) as well as a brief abstract (100-200 words) outlining the issues or subject matter the work engages, and what the author hopes to gain by sharing this work in a conference setting to Brian Ray, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SAMLA POETS SAMLA Poets Reading Once again, the 2010 SAMLA conference will feature a panel of four poets from the South Atlantic region reading from their own work. This has traditionally been a well-attended and lively session. If you are a poet and SAMLA member with at least one published book of original poetry who wishes to be considered for this panel, by April 30, 2010, please send three to five representative poems and a current vita (including recent publication history) to Doug Van Gundy, West Virginia Wesleyan College at email@example.com. SCANDINAVIAN LITERATURE Mediating Scandinavia: Image, Text and the Spaces Between 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. This session welcomes abstracts from Scandinavian Studies and the wider field of Germanic Studies that deal with the interplay of image and text broadly conceived. In particular, we welcome papers that discuss the gaps and closures that emerge from such interplay: what occurs in the process of mediating between text and image? And subsequently, how have developments in media altered the engagement with text, capital T? How have these changes and advancements reconfigured our notions of Scandinavia in regard to literature, art, design or even nation? This panel is open to abstracts from literary studies, media studies and the visual and musical arts. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Alina Romo, New York University, Department of English, 19 th University Place/5 Floor, New York, NY 10003. SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY DISCUSSION CIRCLE Forging Links across Genres This panel will concern itself with links between science fiction/fantasy and other genres in terms of theme, characterization, plot structures and/or symbols. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, sci-fi/fantasy adaptations of classic literature; authors skilled in writing both fantastic and realistic fiction; mythological or fairytale symbology in realistic fiction; and, “magical realism” and other genre hybrids. By May 15, 2010, please submit abstracts of 250 to 500 words to Kelly Ceccato, North Georgia College and State University, at email@example.com. SLAVIC LITERATURE Papers are welcome on any Slavic language, literature, or culture including film and comparative literature topics. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions to E. C. Barksdale, University of Florida, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SPANISH I (PENINSULAR: MEDIEVAL TO 1700) Chair: Bruno M. Damiani, The Catholic University of America This panel is complete. No submissions are requested at this time. SPANISH II-A AND II-B (PENINSULAR: 1700 TO PRESENT) DOUBLE SESSION Submissions for this double session will reflect any theme related to Peninsular Literature from 1700 to the present. Please bear in mind the following: This is a double session with a maximum of four participants per session. It also involves SAMLA business, such as elections. It is hoped that there will be a wide range of topics from different periods. Papers should not exceed twenty minutes and readers should limit their texts to 3,100 words. Presenters must be members in good standing of SAMLA by August 15, 2010. Presenters may read only one paper at the convention. Papers must be unpublished and not previously presented at a professional meeting. By April 30, 2010, please submit one-page abstracts either by e-mail, preferably, at email@example.com or via post to Dr. Francisco Javier Sánchez, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, P.O. Box 195, Pomona, NJ 08240. SPANISH III-A (COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE) Proposals/papers are welcome on any aspect of this session topic. Please submit one-page abstracts to Jeremy Paden, Transylvania University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SPANISH III-B (19TH CENTURY SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE) Proposals/papers are welcome on any aspect of this session topic. Please send a one-page abstract to Jeremy Paden, Transylvania University, at email@example.com. SPANISH IV-A (CONTEMPORARY SPANISH AMERICAN) Contemporary Mexican Literature and Popular Culture 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. We welcome proposals that analyze the representation of the Mexican Revolution in film, literature and/or popular culture. By May 15, 2010, please send a 250-word abstract to Romano Sánchez-Domínguez, Imperial Valley College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. SPANISH IV-B (CONTEMPORARY SPANISH AMERICAN) Chair: Angel M. Aguirre, University of South Florida Call for papers detail forthcoming at the SAMLA web site. SPANISH CONTEMPORARY WRITERS El Mundo Literario de Luis Araujo: Sesión Homenaje al Escritor y Su Obra Chair: Enrique Ruiz-Fornells, University of Alabama This session comes with a full panel. No submissions are sought at this time. TEACHING LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE Aliens, Private Eyes, and Superheroes in the Classroom: The Place of Genre Fiction in Literature and Composition The 2009 MLA Annual Convention included panels dedicated to graphic novelist Alan Moore and the topic of autobiography in graphic narratives, as well as papers on science fiction writer Octavia Butler and the Halloween horror film series—all evidence that fiction once relegated to the margins of academia has begun to attract serious critical attention. This panel aims to investigate how texts from previously non- canonical genres—sci-fi, detective fiction, graphic novels, film, etc.—can be productively included in undergraduate literature and composition courses. By May 15, 2010, please submit proposals of no longer than 250 words along with a brief biographical sketch either by e-mail – preferred – at email@example.com or via post to Dr. Tracy Bealer, Department of English, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. TEXTUAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL STUDIES This session is an open topic in textual and bibliographical studies. By April 30, 2010, please send a brief outline of your proposed paper (about 250 words) either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Russell Greer, Texas Woman’s University, Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages, Box 425829, Denton, Texas, 76204-5829. WOMEN WRITERS OF SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA This session will accept submissions that propose open topics, genres and periods, but must examine works by female Hispanic authors. Preference will be given to abstracts relating to the conference theme “The Interplay of Text and Image.” Please bear in mind that potential presenters on this panel must present only one paper at the convention; present papers of original, unpublished research not previously presented at a professional organization; be members of SAMLA in good standing by August 15, 2010; register for the convention prior to September 1, 2010 when the program appears online; submit one-page abstracts as early as possible for consideration; and not exceed twenty minutes while reading. In view of the varieties in sizes and fonts, the number of pages is no longer a viable measure of length. Readers should limit their texts to 3,100 words, and the session is limited to three to four persons. This session also involves SAMLA business, such as election of officers (Chair and Secretary) and proposal of topics for the following year. By April 30, 2010, please submit abstracts to Jennifer A. Colón, William Jewell College, at email@example.com. WOMEN'S CAUCUS PROFESSIONAL FORUM Standing Still? Addressing Gender Disparities in the Profession Roundtable Discussion 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. In 2009 the MLA's Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession published "Standing Still: The Associate Professor Survey," a report that documents continuing disparities that shape the careers of women in academe. Among the study's findings: women take longer to attain the rank of professor than their male colleagues; women spend less time on research and more time on course preparation and grading than men: and, men report greater job satisfaction than women at all ranks. The report (available at www.mla.org and reprinted in Profession 2009) offers several recommendations that will serve as the starting point for our roundtable discussion. The session will open with panelists offering remarks on measures their institutions have taken or might take to improve women's status at all academic ranks. Case studies, personal narratives, success stories, and cautionary tales are welcome. Remarks might focus on, but are not limited to, the following: mentoring, establishing clear and equitable guidelines for promotion, faculty development, equitable allocation of service responsibilities, training in leadership and academic administration. Panelists will be asked to limit remarks to ten minutes so that we have ample opportunity for conversation. By May 1, 2010, please submit 250-word proposals either in the body of an e-mail message at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Regina B. Oost, Professor of English, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210. Please include name, academic affiliation, and e-mail address with the proposal. WOMEN'S CAUCUS WORKSHOP "The Interplay of Text and Image" By April 1, 2010, please submit one-page abstracts either by e-mail as an attachment at email@example.com or via post to Dr. Stacey D. Casado, University of Georgia, Department of Romance Languages, Gilbert Hall, Athens, GA 30602-1815. WOMEN RHETORIC Chair: Bonnie Smith, Belmont University We seek papers that explore any aspect of women's rhetoric--historical, cultural, pedagogical, or theoretical. By May 15, 2010, please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Bonnie Smith, Belmont University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. WOMEN’S STUDIES PANEL This session welcomes papers that explore the SAMLA 2010 theme, "The Interplay of Text and Image," and its connection to Women’s Studies, broadly defined. Presentations may address, among other topics, image and text in the Women’s Studies classroom, the visual as feminist intervention, digital communication and gender, the queering of image and text, and other topics that address intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and class in light of the conference theme. By May 31, 2010, please submit proposals (up to 350 words) with institutional affiliation and contact information to Letizia Guglielmo, Kennesaw State University, at email@example.com; include SAMLA Proposal in the subject line. Presenters must be SAMLA members by August 15, 2010. Special Sessions POSTER PRESENTATIONS: VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SCHOLARLY WORK In addition to traditional paper sessions and roundtables, through the poster presentation session, SAMLA welcomes visual presentations as well. The subject matter for the proposal may be in any area related to languages and literature, including the special focus: "The Interplay of Text and Image." This topic invites presentations that explore the cross fertilization between text and image through a 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. variety of traditional and modern means--including film, art, illustration, photography, and visual rhetorics. The topic especially lends itself to the “poster presentations” session because of the emphasis on the visual. Please know that while there is a special focus, we welcome and encourage proposals outside of this topic area as well. We also would be open to visual displays that reach beyond the limits of a “poster,” including photography, art, illustration, electronic media or other formats and designs. The visual representation should serve to explicate the researched topic. In the proposal for this session, author(s) are encouraged, but not required, to explain how their research will manifest itself in the presentation. Examples of how a poster presentation may be utilized for our disciplines: Examining the staging of a particular play, Tracing the origins of a symbol or metaphor within a text, Presenting research on illuminated manuscripts, Providing data on methods and their effectiveness, and Charting linguistic trends within a particular community. Poster presentations are frequently utilized in the sciences to effectively convey research and data. Presenters are asked to visually represent their findings and conclusion on a poster in a designated space. By standing or sitting by the poster, researchers are able to interact with those interested in their work. While this form of presentation is new in the study of literature, composition/rhetoric, and linguistics, the Program Committee believes this method will create new opportunities for discussions about literature and language, and may spark innovative ways of thinking about the field. Presenters will be required to be present for a designated two-hour period during the convention when the poster display will be available to attendees. Typically, the session takes place at the same time as one of the receptions at the convention to allow for high visibility and attendance. Computer display equipment and other technology may be used but must be provided by the participant. By June 30, 2010, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the intent and overall theme of the presentation to session chair David Parker, English Department, Gardner-Webb University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 19th Century Rhetoric This session seeks presentations on any topic related to 19th century rhetoric. Of particular interest are topics relating to the work Adam Smith, Hugh Blair, George Campbell, Richard Whatley, and the way their work shaped and influenced 19th century writers and education in America. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts of no more than one page to Sam Perry, Georgia State University, at email@example.com. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”--Effectively Teaching ESL/EFL Through the Use of Imagery Corresponding to Text This panel will discuss the various ways that film, illustration, and visual rhetoric can be used to enhance and enrich the effective teaching of English to non-native speakers. Photography, images, and illustrations are invaluable tools in aiding the English learner to fully comprehend the meaning of denotation, connotation, and vocabulary in context. This panel will explore all related subjects. By May 15, 2010, please submit 250-word abstracts either by e-mail at msantos2@FAU.edu or ESLCARE@aol.com or via post to Dr. Myrna Santos, 3600 NW 82 Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065. AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE, SPECIAL SESSION I Black and Brown in African American literature This session will explore how the meeting of black and brown identity is explored in African American literature. Papers that explore constructions of femininity and masculinity are especially welcome. By May, 1, 2010, please send submissions to Kinitra Brooks, University of Texas San Antonio, at firstname.lastname@example.org. AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE, SPECIAL SESSION II Blackness in Contemporary Fantasy Texts This session will explore how blackness is constructed in contemporary fantasy. All manner of texts are welcome for critical analysis including literature, film, games (including video and role-playing), television, etc. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions to Kinitra D. Brooks, University of Texas at San Antonio, at email@example.com. AFRO-HISPANIC LITERATURE Texts of a Transatlantic Experience This panel seeks papers that explore Afro-Hispanic cultural identity issues. How is the transatlantic experience reflected in these texts? What cultural expressions result within this transatlantic exchange? African religious systems of belief and folkloric expressions are also topics of interest. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts to Patricia Coloma-Peñate, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cervantes in 20th Century Europe This panel seeks papers examining the reception of Miguel de Cervantes’s texts in European Literature and Film since 1900. By May 1, 2010, please send submissions of 500 words to Gabriele Eckart, Southeast Missouri State University, at email@example.com. Cinematic Adaptations of Dramatic Works by Southern Playwrights This panel will examine original works by Southern authors, playwrights and screenwriters that have been adapted into film and/or television plays. Major artists to be considered would include Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty, Wolfe, Flagg, Uhry, Agee, Norman, Foote, etc. Particular emphasis will be directed toward challenges related to cinematic adaptations. By June 1, 2010, please send abstracts either by post to Dr. Sean Dugan, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contemporary Spanish Theatre: Contemporary Peninsular Theatre, 1980-2010 Word and image form the basis of the dramatic work. The focus of this session is to examine how word and image express the political, cultural, national or global issues that characterize contemporary peninsular theatre of the past three decades: 1980-2010. By June 1, 2010, please send abstracts of 250 words to Candyce Leonard, Wake Forest University, at email@example.com. Conversations among Teachers in Learning: Incorporating Art in the English Classroom 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. This panel will consider practical ideas for incorporating art in English teaching, including activities that ask students to engage with works of art that are in some way related to their English studies or to create artistic expressions of their own in response to literature. How does this interplay between art and literature enrich the English classroom? What challenges do such activities entail? Presentations that feature high school/college collaborations are especially encouraged. By May 1, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts to Renée Schatteman, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cormac and God This is a special session on Cormac McCarthy, American novelist and playwright. Submissions must address the above title. Submission topics can vary within the title, and the 2010 SAMLA theme, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” may be weaved into the abstract context. By May 1, 2010, please submit abstracts to Allen Josephs, University of West Florida, at email@example.com. CULTURAL MEMORY STUDIES Collective Memory versus Cultural Amnesia: Textual and Visual Canons and Archives In his 1925 study, La Mémoire Collective, Maurice Halbwachs famously stated that “it is in society that people normally acquire their memories. It is also in society that they recall, recognize, and localized their memories.” Individual memory always operates within collective frameworks and contexts. The past is therefore always reconstructed according to a group’s present cultural or political needs. They also determine what is remembered and what is forgotten. This panel aims to discuss questions of literary and visual archives against the theoretical background of cultural memory studies. Do texts remember differently from images? How can memory in its disembodied form (as text or image) be used or abused? How do changes in literary and medial canon reflect the way communities like to remember? How is our way to reconstruct the past influenced by current identity politics? Presentations should run between 15-20 minutes, allowing time for discussion. Presenters must be SAMLA members by August 15th. If any audiovisual equipment is necessary, please include a list of the equipment with your proposal. By May 20, 2010, please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to Balthazar Becker, City University of New York, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Country Lyricists This panel explores the contributions of country music lyricists to the literary canon; approaches can include literary influences on particular writers, lyricists' thematic affinities, or particular themes addressed by a number of lyricists. While submissions may feature the work of singer/songwriters, submissions must emphasize subjects' work as writers and not as performers. Please send proposals and queries either by e- mail at email@example.com or via post to Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes, East Tennessee State University English Department, P. O. Box 70683, Johnson City, TN, 37614. Darwinian Literary Theory Literary Darwinism, an emerging field of critical inquiry, has gained increasing stature during the last decade and now appears to be approaching critical mass. Founded on the work of contemporary biologists and evolutionary psychologists, it is creating new and exhilarating opportunities for literary exploration, and it is becoming a significant landmark in the contemporary intellectual landscape of interdisciplinary study. This forum invites proposals for papers that consider literary works, periods, or authors through the lens of contemporary evolutionary theory and papers that view literature as an extension of the adapted mind. By May 1, 2010, please submit all inquires and one-page proposals for the 2010 convention to Charles Duncan, Clark Atlanta University, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with cc to Robert Funk, Middle Georgia College, at email@example.com. Digital Pedagogy: What Do We Do When Teaching in Digital Spaces? Chair: Alice Myatt, Georgia State University 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions requested at this time. Disability and the American South The panel welcomes proposals that examine any aspect of the topic including analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and film, as well as non-literary materials from all periods. Papers that engage with questions of the intersections between disability and regionalism, metrocentricity, North/South, city/country, as well as race, class, gender, and sexuality are especially encouraged. Work that addresses the theme of this year’s conference, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” is also especially desirable. By May 1, 2010, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Scott St. Pierre, Montgomery College, at Scott.St.Pierre@montgomerycollege.edu. Disciplining World Literature Since Goethe’s introduction of the notion in 1823, the idea of Weltliteratur has remained as elusive as it has attractive. In spite of this elusiveness, it is today taught in one-semester courses across the nation and often in the context of departments that are not defined in terms of world literature. This session will focus on how the idea of world literature affects the study of literature and calls for papers on the relationships between comparative literature and world literature or between regional or national literatures and world literature. Papers might also address the teaching of world literature in the context of departments defined by those more prominent literary fields. By June 15, 2010, please send abstract to Brian Armstrong, Augusta State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early Modern Local Identity Even in an age of burgeoning nationhood, English men and women were profoundly influenced by—and even drew their primary identity from—the parish, the town, and the county. This session welcomes proposals that focus on the textual construction and maintenance of local identity and/or community. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the impact of a geographical locale on a particular writer’s works, the depiction of the local as an alternative to or retreat from national events like the English Civil War, or the invocation of local places, traditions, and ways of thinking to respond to the larger political, religious, and cultural changes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By May 1, 2010, please send abstracts of around 300 words to John Adrian, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, at email@example.com. Emblematic Literature in the Early Modern: Engaging Instruction This session proposes to explore various roles and functions of text and image as they join to “engage our delighted sympathy” (T.S. Eliot, writing of George Herbert’s emblem poems) and instruct the reader/viewer who “puzzles out” meanings in a space of pleasure. Interpreted broadly, “emblematic literature” includes here pattern poems or “Carmen figuratum,” symbolic frontispieces that suggest meanings of the work they precede, two-, three- or four-part emblems complete with motto or devise, and highly symbolic text with no visual image. The latter has been termed “a habit of mind” by Leonard Marsh, who in his study of the Théorèmes of Jean de La Ceppède, shows that in the absence of an artistic image, La Ceppède skillfully leads the reader to create his or her own. Proposed papers might examine prevalent modes (movere, docere, etc.), the appeal to the senses, the decoding of messages, and so forth. Before April 30, 2010, please submit proposals for this session either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Christine M. Probes, University of South Florida, WLE, CPR 107, USF, Tampa, FL 33620. Face(t)s of the World: Enhancing the Foreign Language Instruction through Visual Means The saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This panel seeks to answer the fundamental question why even the most lethargic students in class become alert when shown images representing (or related to) foreign countries whose languages they are studying. We invite papers describing activities that involve the use of Power Point presentations, video clips, or the Internet in the classroom, activities created by either teachers or students and used to introduce vocabulary notions, grammar rules, or cultural facts of 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. the foreign culture targeted. By April 15, 2010, please submit abstracts of about 200 words of your proposed paper to Gabriella Baika, Florida Institute of Technology, at email@example.com. Faulkner’s Narrators The ambiguity behind Faulkner’s narrators can be astounding and confusing – and wonderfully ripe for analysis. This session welcomes abstracts that seek to elucidate the vagueness that colors any aspect of Faulkner’s narrators. Abstracts that incorporate this year’s convention theme of “The Interplay of Text and Image” are welcome, but not required. By May 15, 2010, please submit 250- to 300-word abstracts and current CVs to Victoria Bryan, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, at Victoria.M.Bryan@gmail.com. Firsts in Mystery and Detective Fiction This session seeks 15-minute papers in English on works in English or any modern language in this genre, focused on the first in a language, country, ethnicity, gender, sub-genre, etc., or the first to employ a character type, plot device, motif, or anything distinctive. Welcomed in particular are papers that challenge received views or share discoveries that will promote discussion. I will develop this panel to represent SAMLA's broad constituency of literature and language professors, to look like SAMLA. By May 1, 2010, send one-page abstracts to Martha E. Cook, Longwood, University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE AND CINEMA Nostalgia for Lost Paradises in Francophone Literature and Cinema This panel examines the various forms through which nostalgia is expressed in Francophone Literature and Cinema. By April 1, 2010, please submit abstracts of 250 words written in English or in French to Carla Calargé, Florida Atlanta University, at email@example.com or to Vincent Simédoh, University of Lethbridge, Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org. GERMAN STUDIES Reshaping the Body – Rewriting Identity Among other things, the human body functions as a text, both a product and a producer of cultural discourse. Similarly, remaking the physical appearance of the self and others constitutes an act of rewriting identity. This panel aims to explore the cultural, social, political and artistic significance of (representations of) body modifications within the context of the German speaking countries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the body as site of social and economic status, beauty ideals and aesthetic surgery, the transsexual body, alteration and assimilation, self-adornment vs. self-mutilation, inscriptions of power, the mechanical body, scars of the past, and the changing faces of the future. By June 1, 2010, please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Brechtje Beuker, University of Georgia, at email@example.com. Intertextuality in the Works of Caryl Phillips Over the course of his nearly thirty-year career as a writer, the Caribbean/black British writer Caryl Phillips has received considerable attention for his unique literary aesthetic that involves the fragmentation and juxtaposition of multiple story lines in any given text. But Phillips has also been consistent in his use of intertexuality, for in his fiction and his non-fiction, he has made extensive and explicit use of a wide range of historical and literature sources. While Phillips' intertextuality never goes the way of pastiche or "literary cannibalism," it is a critical component of his prominent themes and interests in history, in identity, and in the effects of exclusionary practices across race, space, and time. This panel welcomes papers that examine Phillips' intertexuality in general or in relation to particular texts. By May 1, 2010, please send 250-word abstracts to Renée Schatteman, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark Twain’s 175th Anniversary of his Birth: “New Beginnings” The year 2010 is important. November 30, 2010, is the 175th anniversary of Mark Twain/Samuel Clemen’s birth. In this special session, we will celebrate the many “beginnings” in Mark Twain’s life. These beginnings could include the start of his life, his inventions, and his works that are the first of that type of 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. publishing; for example, Connecticut Yankee is the first science fiction book in America. Please submit abstracts to Jules Hojnowski, Independent Scholar, at email@example.com. Mothers & Motherhood in Literature of Women of Color in the Twentieth/Twenty-first Century This session seeks papers dealing with how mothers mother, and the relationship between a mother’s mothering and the psychological impact it has on her child. Any subject matter connected to mothers in literature of women of color will be considered, such as other mothers, community mothers, mothers in war, mother from different social-economic backgrounds, etc. I encourage papers and research on literature of African-American, Chicana, Latina, Native American, and all other women of color. Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and will only be accepted by e-mail. By May 14, 2010, by 5 p.m., graduate as well as undergraduate and independent scholars are encouraged to send their abstracts to Adriane Niedorf-Pierson, University of Texas at San Antonio, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance notifications will be sent out via e-mail by midnight on May 7, 2010. Music of Poetry/Poetry of Music Chair: Jim Clark, Barton College This session comes with a full panel. No submissions are sought at this time. Nature and Its Discontents “Nature and Its Discontents” will explore the ontological, epistemological, and theological significances of “the natural” in relation to literature and to life. Possible topics may include the following: the varieties of human nature; environmental philosophy vis-à-vis queer, feminist, postcolonial, critical race and/or post humanist theory; the aesthetics of life cycles; violence and peace in the ecological order; natural disaster and environmental risk; terror, wonder, and the sublime. By June 1, 2010, please send 300-word abstracts to Robert Azzarello, Southern University New Orleans, at email@example.com. Poetry Reading Session: "Des Hymnagistes" Poets Chair: H. R. Stoneback, State University of New York at New Paltz This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are requested at this time. (Re)Constructing the American West In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau says, “We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure.” Similarly, in All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren’s protagonist remarks on a trip westward, “For West is where we all plan to go some day.” Yet, Warren’s west is starkly different from Thoreau’s. The myth of the American West has provided a geographical space for philosophers, writers, artists, and filmmakers to interrogate, personal as well as cultural, ambivalence towards the promises of Manifest Destiny, the American Dream, capitalism, individualism, diversity, and community. As a result, the metaphorical nature of the American West has reached mythic proportions and is constantly being deconstructed and re-imagined. Thinking about what Roland Barthes says about myth, that “it transforms history into nature,” this panel seeks to examine, through text and/or image, how the myth of the American West has been challenged, transformed, recuperated, or reconstructed since Thoreau. Papers dealing with any aspect of the American West will be considered; but papers dealing with the convention’s theme, “The Interplay of Text and Image,” are strongly encouraged. By May 15, 2010, please send 250- word abstracts to Amber Estlund, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Re-examining the Theme of the Journey in Italian Literature before 1900 From Dante to Ariosto, from Foscolo and Leopardi to Manzoni, scholars of Italian literature have engaged critical points of view on the subject of the journey. The vast implications of this trope invite our re- examinations of the theme of the journey. Spiritual journeys, journeys of self-discovery, the exile, the hero’s quest, real versus imaginary journeys, and other variations on this topic will be considered for 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. inclusion in this session. By May 1, 2010, please submit 250-word abstracts to Daria Valentini, Stonehill College, at email@example.com. Religion and World Literature: Imago Dei in Contemporary World Literature Imago Dei: humanity contains the image of God. What does this idea look like in late twentieth-century world literature (1970-2010)? What does it look like outside the Judeo-Christian tradition? How have globalization, technologization, secularization, post-secularization and other historical developments created new “images of God”? In what ways are modern “images of God” syncretic and in what ways are they traditional? By May 15, 2010, please send a one-page abstract to Steve Pearson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Religious Oratory Rhetoric in the Streets and the Pulpit Co-Chairs: Lynee Lewis Gaillet, Georgia State University and Amanda Mills, Georgia State University This session seeks submissions that examine the relationships and intersections of rhetoric and religion. Topics include, but are not limited to investigating the rhetorical elements of homiletics; theology and logology; historical analysis of religious rhetoric development; methodology; religion, rhetoric and space; intersections of race, class and gender; language and practice; and controversies within the field. We are particularly interested in proposals that skirt or problematize traditional interpretations of religious oratory rhetoric. By May 1, 2010, please send an abstract of no longer than one page either by e-mail at email@example.com or via post to Amanda Mills, Georgia State University, Department of English, P.O. Box 3968, Atlanta, GA 30303-3968. Representations of Southern Cultures on Screen This session will emphasize ways in which Hollywood has represented Southern culture as originally found in short stories, novels, and plays by Southern authors. Elements to be considered could include filmic representations of social and political events, regional cultures, landscapes, characters, language, and the unique vision of individual authors. Use of visuals and excerpts from representative films are encouraged. By June 1, 2010, please send abstacts either by post to Dr. Paul Trent, Mercy College, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 or via e-mail at Ptrent@mercy.edu. SAMLA Literature Writers: Readings of Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Nonfiction Chair: Melissa D. Fletcher Keith, Kennesaw State University This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are requested at this time. SCOTTISH STUDIES Interdisciplinarity in Scottish Studies In keeping with the conference focus on the interplay of text and image, this session will explore the interplay of disciplines, especially but not limited to the interplay of literature and art, in Scottish Studies. Welcome are 20-minute papers that consider how Scottish literary works or history have been illustrated or adapted to other media; how verbal and visual modes of analysis complement or conflict with each other; or how the collaborations of writers, artists and scholars have shaped/are shaping the features of Scottish studies today. By May 1, 2010, please submit proposals of approximately 500 words to Regina Hewitt, University of South Florida, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Servants and the Text While we have many accounts of reading and the emerging middle class in eighteenth-century England, our understanding of literacy for domestic servants is less clear. There is evidence that a range of men and women servants read for pleasure and self-improvement. Ironically, as the number of domestic servants who were able to read grew steadily, writers became aware of how the text can affect moral character. As Judith Frank points out, “along with women and apprentices, servants stood at the boundary of the literacy/non-literacy divide, and as such were a particular source of anxiety to the eighteenth-century ruling 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. class, which was acutely aware of the ideology-forming powers of the printed word.” This panel invites proposals for papers that consider the influence of print (i.e. novels, periodicals, pamphlets, conduct literature) on eighteenth-century servants. Papers from other historical periods are also welcome. By May 15, 2010, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words in the body of an e-mail, with your CV as an attachment to Kathleen Alves, St. John’s University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Service Learning Roundtable Discussion: Using New Media in the Service Learning Classroom As service-learning projects become more widely used in the humanities classroom, we start to consider more seriously the pedagogy of service learning and the best ways to reach out to students participating in service learning projects. One way we can facilitate service learning is through the use of new media. This session will discuss the use of new media (such as podcasting, video podcasting, wikis, blogs, websites, social media, etc.) as a pedagogical tool in the service-learning humanities classroom. I seek to organize a panel of four or five presenters to explore the uses of new media in service learning projects. By June 5, 2010, please submit a 250-word abstract detailing your experience using new media in the context of a service-learning project, including specific information regarding the new media form used (podcast, video podcast or vodcast, wiki, blog, website, etc.) and the way new media functions as a pedagogical tool, to Laura Howard, Georgia State University, at email@example.com. Shakespeare and Victorian Drama Chair: Robert Sawyer, East Tennessee State University This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are requested at this time. Southerners in Contemporary Film All proposals relating to southerners in contemporary film, broadly defined, will be considered, though we have a special interest in ones speaking to the conference’s theme about the interplay of text and image. By May 15, 2010, please submit abstracts along with a two-page CV either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Dr. Tara Powell, USC Institute for Southern Studies, Gambrell 107, Columbia, SC 29208. SPANISH-AMERICAN SPECIAL SESSION Lo afro-hispano en la literatura hispanoamericana This session welcomes papers on any topic related to the session subject: open topic, open genre, open period, but must examine works by Afro-Hispanic authors. By June 1, 2010, please submit a one-page abstract (300 words) to León Chang Shik, Claflin University, at email@example.com. Special Session Honoring Dr. Enrique Ruiz-Fornells Chair: Barbara Foley Buedel, Lycoming College Information will be forthcoming at the web site. Please direct inquiries and participation interest to Lara Smith-Sitton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teaching Colonial and 19th Century Latin America A Roundtable Discussion The teaching of Colonial and 19th Century Latin American literature can be challenging. Along with the historical and cultural distance, the Spanish is archaic and the role and function of literature are different. The purpose of this roundtable is to share techniques, tricks, and texts that have worked well in class. Should you like to participate and present on a specific topic, by May 1, 2010, please send proposals to Jeremy Paden, Transylvania University, at email@example.com. Text and the Linguist This session seeks abstract submissions for twenty-minute paper presentations on the representation of language in texting and tweeting and how technology is changing the way we read and write. We invite papers involving issues of orthography, accuracy and development of first or second language skills in the 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. era of texting and tweeting. Abstracts should be .doc or pdf format and no longer than 500 words in length. By May 15, 2010, please send abstracts, including a cover page that provides the author’s name, e-mail address, and affiliation to Carmen Schlig, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Image in American Realism and Naturalism In The Ferment of Realism, Warner Berthoff notes that "[a]t its most compelling, [. . .] realism points towards an imaginative sociology that is at once objective and visionary. The images it yields up compose the fragments of a book of the people, an essential history of their lives' common conditioning.” As Berthoff seems to indicate, it is the image—as opposed to the symbol so dominant in the previous Romanticism—which is both the subject and the object of American realism and, later, American naturalism. Thus, in line with the 2010 SAMLA theme of the “Interplay of Image and Text,” this panel seeks to explore the uses of the image—broadly conceived—in texts of American realism and naturalism. While papers should focus on texts from the periods of American realism and naturalism proper (roughly 1885-1925), the view of how these texts are critically or theoretically connected to the concept of the image is entirely open. Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to 1) The image and/as verisimilitude; 2) The aesthetic image; 3) The image of the individual or individuality; 4) The image of “the world;” 5) The image of the Other (be they in terms of gender, race, class, etc.; 6) The image of the city; 7) The historical image (images of the fin de siècle, images of modernity, etc.; 8) The image of nature; 9) The image of economy; 10) The images of success or wealth; and, 11) Cinematic images of/from Realist or Naturalist texts. By May 15, 2010, please send one-page abstracts and a brief bio (including all contact information) to Adam H. Wood, Salisbury University, at email@example.com. The Interplay of Text and Image in the Foreign Language Classroom Chair: Peter Swanson, Georgia State University This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are required at this time. The Politics of Middle Eastern Graphic Novels This panel will explore recent developments of graphic novel production in the Middle East. There are a number of issues involved in producing texts with visual elements within the Islamic world. Visual representations coupled with colloquial language and subversive themes have made the production of Arabic graphic novels especially problematic in a publishing market controlled by government censorship. Therefore, the graphic novels which have broken through have been those written in Hebrew, French, or English. Persepolis (2000-2004), Waltz with Bashir (film 2008, graphic novel 2009), and Wristcutters (from the graphic novel Pizzeria Kamikazi, 2005) were all made into feature films with wide distributions. But within the Arabic speaking world, the prospects for the genre are quite grim. The Egyptian graphic novel, Metro (2008), was confiscated and banned shortly after it was published. In more liberal Lebanon, there have been a few graphic novels that have surfaced but with little following (for example, Mazen Kerbaj). The papers presented in this panel will address the varied landscape of graphic novel publishing in the Middle East, censorship, their themes, and their audiences both at home and abroad. Please submit abstracts to Kari Neely, Middle Tennessee State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Preservation of Place: Regionalism and Ecological Conservation “We seek the balance between cosmopolitan pluralism and deep local consciousness. We are asking how the whole human race can regain self-determination in place after centuries of having been disenfranchised by hierarchy and/or centralized power” (Gary Snyder, “The Place, the Region, and the Commons”). “And so I look upon the sort of regionalism that I am talking about not just as a recurrent literary phenomenon, but as a necessity of civilization and survival” (Wendell Berry, “The Regional Motive”). This session will explore the importance of regionalism and regional writing in relation to eco-criticism and ecological conservation. In an era of increasing globalization and permeable boarders, how can reading and 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full. writing about specific regions affect our understanding of ecological conservation? How can the local and the particular inform global conversations regarding environmental degradation? Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, understanding eco-criticism in a regional context; nature and place writings in an age of globalization; translating a sense of place; intersections of the local and global; and, the interactions between a sense of place and ecocriticism in one or more particular regional authors. By April 30, 2010, please send a 500-word abstract to Michael Beilfuss, Texas A&M University, at email@example.com. Tillie Olsen, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf—Competitions and Riddles: Honoring Weldon Thornton Chair: Joseph M. Flora, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are requested at this time. Victorian Images of Aging Chair: Esther Godfrey, University of South Carolina Upstate This session comes as a complete panel. No submissions are requested at this time. VISUAL RHETORIC Reading the Visual Text: Visual Rhetoric in a Visual Culture This panel invites participants to explore the ways in which reading visual texts plays out in our increasingly visual culture. From the bombardment of images used in advertising, to the moving image that adapts printed text to the cinematic screen, to the increasing centrality of visual images in digital spaces like Facebook and Second Life, our culture is one that often takes for granted the interplay between text and image. Proposals for any presentation connected to the field of visual rhetoric are welcome. Presentations may seek to answer any of the following questions, or they may offer any perspective on visual rhetoric that connects to the convention theme: How do we as educators remove the transparency of our visual culture and use visual rhetoric to foster the critical reading and examination of visual texts? What is the “visual grammar” that might help us to make use of what Gunther Kress refers to as the “regularities” (Kress & Van Leeuwen 1996, Kress 2003) that our visual culture has produced as the interplay between text and image becomes ever more pervasive in all forms of communication? In what ways does visual rhetoric explicate the rhetorical activities of social networking and blogs? What strategies have you found helpful in teaching students how to critically examine the visual? How does the field of visual rhetoric connect to our visual culture? By June 15, 2010, please send abstracts of 500 words to Alice Myatt, Georgia State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walter Inglis Anderson: Writer, Painter, Naturalist, Mystic Walter Inglis Anderson was one of the finest American painters of his generation. He was also a fascinating writer who often illustrated his writings with his paintings and drawings, mostly of the flora and fauna in and around Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Perhaps the best example of Anderson’s unique, and rather Blakean, interdisciplinary art is The Horn Island Logs of Walter Inglis Anderson (UP Mississippi, 1981). By May 1, 2010, please submit (e-mail preferred), one-page proposals and abstracts dealing with the interplay of text and image in Anderson’s work to Jim Clark, Barton College, at email@example.com. World Poetry in Translation Please send English translations of world poetry from any culture or language. There is no set agenda for this session. The theme is crafted from the submissions received. The length of the presentations will be determined by the number of presenters; however, they are usually 15-20 minutes. By May 15, 2010, please send requests and representative selections to Gordon E. McNeer, North Georgia College and State University, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2010 SAMLA Calls for Papers – Updated April 22, 2010 (CFP updated weekly through May 2010) SAMLA 2010 Conference: November 5-7, 2010 in Atlanta, GA If the date for submissions has passed, we encourage you to contact the chair to confirm the session is full.
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